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Kilauea volcano has erupted near a residential area on Hawaii's largest island, prompting a local state of emergency and the mandatory evacuation of 1,700 residents.

Streams of lava have been seen running through woods and bubbling on to roads.

Extreme levels 
of dangerous sulfur dioxide gas have been detected in the area, the Civil Defense Agency said.

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes and the eruption follows a series of recent earthquakes.

"It sounds like a jet engine," resident Ikaika Marzo told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It's going hard."

Community 
centers have been opened to provide shelter for evacuees.

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